The Complete Fritz Lang Mabuse Boxset (MOC) in October
Eureka Entertainment have announced the UK DVD release of The Complete Fritz Lang Mabuse Boxset as part of their Masters of Cinema Series on 19th October 2009 priced at £49.99. From the early stages of his career across five decades to his final film, Fritz Lang built a trilogy of paranoiac thrillers focused on an entity who began as a criminal mastermind, and progressed into something more amorphous: fear itself, embodied only by a name – Dr. Mabuse. For the first time on home video, all three of Fritz Lang’s Mabuse films have been collected for one package, in their complete and restored forms. 1: Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler. [Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler.] (1922) – Lang’s two-part, nearly 5-hour silent epic detailing the rise and fall of Dr. Mabuse in Weimar-era Berlin. 2: Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse [The Testament of Dr. Mabuse] (1933) – a thriller rife with supernatural elements, all converging around an attempt by the now-institutionalised Mabuse (or someone acting under his name…and possibly his will) to organise an “Empire of Crime”. 3: Die 1000 Augen des Dr. Mabuse [The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse] (1960) – Fritz Lang’s final film, in which hypnosis, clairvoyance, surveillance, and machine-guns come together for a whiplash climax that answers the question: Who’s channelling Mabuse’s methods in the Cold War era?
A four-disc set, features include:
- Original German-language intertitles for Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler…along with newly translated English-language subtitles for each film
- Newly recorded feature-length audio commentaries on all three movies by film-scholar and Fritz Lang expert David Kalat
- Three video-featurettes totalling an hour-and-a-half in length on: the score of Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler; the creation of Norbert Jacques’ “Mabuse” character; and the motifs running throughout the works
- 2002 video interview with Wolfgang Preiss, the star of Die 1000 Augen des Dr. Mabuse
- An alternate ending to Die 1000 Augen des Dr. Mabuse taken from the French print of the film
- Optional English-language dub track for Die 1000 Augen des Dr. Mabuse
- 3 lengthy booklets containing a new translation of Fritz Lang’s 1924 lecture on “Sensation Culture”; an essay by critic and scholar Michel Chion on the use of sound in Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse; new writing on Die 1000 Augen des Dr. Mabuse by critic David Cairns; extracts from period interviews with Fritz Lang; an abundance of production stills, illustrations, and marketing collateral – and more!
The press release also notes that “All three films appear in their complete and restored forms, refreshed and improved from previous Eureka releases of the first two films. Die 1000 Augen des Dr. Mabuse is released here for the first time ever on home video in the UK.”